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If Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island is the 'cultural island', home to museums and exhibition centres, then Yas Island is the noisy neighbour next door with attitude and (if we're honest) a bit more pazazz.
Yas is home to the spanking new Formula One race track and Ferrari World, but you don't need to be a petrol head to enjoy the vibe in this thoroughly modern destination. Vying for the top spot in the 'straight lines = bad' school of modern architecture in latter day Abu Dhabi is the phenomenal Yas Viceroy, which sits alongside and even (in parts) over the top of the Grand Prix circuit.
The hotel's 499 room also overlooks a marina stuffed to the gunnels with megayachts, and at night the canopy that appears to be draped over the hotel is lit up to create a stunning visual effect.
There are seven restaurants at the hotel, all as funky as the hotel surrounding them and dishing up everything from dim sum (at Noodle Box) and Japanese (at Kazu) to modern Italian (at Amici) and contemporary Indian cuisine at Ager.
In addition there are several stylish bars, including Skylite on the rooftop, probably the best place to see the changing colours of the canopy. Other watering holes include Rush, brought to you by the people behind the Buddha Bar and complete with DJs and expertly mixed cocktails, and Latitude and Longitude, which is also on the rooftop, and next to the infinity pool.
Finally, the ESPA spa has nine treatment rooms and a relaxation lounge overlooking the marina where you can play spot the oligarch.
Why we love it
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place every November, and is a day-night affair to avoid the heat of the day. There is probably no finer place to see the action of a Grand Prix, and hear the noise, than from the Yas Viceroy, as the hotel actually straddles the circuit.
Isabel, Original Traveller